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Thread: Is small solar heater system worth the work?

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    May 2008
    Knuckle of the Thumb in Michigan

    Is small solar heater system worth the work?

    Hello all. It's getting close to that time of the year here in S.E. Michigan. (3-4 weeks ).

    Anyways, I'm looking into a solar heater for my 15x30 above ground. The biggest system I can fit in the area is 80 square feet. (2- 2 x20 panels, rack mounted). I could possibly squeeze a third panel in, but I don't know if it will have enough exposure to the sun for any benefit.
    I rather not have a 'wall' of solar panels blocking my view off of my deck, but if I absolutely had to, I could raise the whole rack to allow full exposure of the third panel.

    I'll be using a solar cover at night, and into the day during this years swim season.

    I'm not looking for bath water in early-mid June, but at least maybe upper 70's. Is it even possible to get the water that warm with a 'smaller' solar heater system?

    Is it even worth it to mess with a solar heat system, since I'll be well below the recommended 50% pool surface rule using only 2 panels?

    Naturally, the local pool dealer says I'll be fine, but I want to be sure before I start into this project.
    I don't know enough to even know what I need to know.

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    Mod Squad JohnT's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: Is small solar heater system worth the work?

    I think it would be. I have 192sqft for my 20X36 and it does very well. I got the pool to 96 during a cool sunny spell late last summer when I ignored the pool. It won't take as much tilt as is recommended either. Point them where the sun is during the swimming season. That would be flat where I live.
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